I wanted to revisit some beloved stamp sets that I haven’t used in a while. I am loving the new releases from Lawn Fawn. Their critters are always so cute. So, I pulled out my Love You S’ more set and wanted to use a repeating pattern of the bear.
At first I just used brown ink to stamp the bear repeatedly, but I did not like the way it turned out. It just seemed boring. Instead I embossed the bears with my favorite American Crafts copper embossing powder. It really popped the image on the card. I wanted to highlight one bear so I took a puffy heart sticker I had in my stash and added it to one full size bear. You could easily die cut a hear and emboss it to get that’s a me puffy look if you don’t have a sticker.
These are the supplies I used:
I used the Paper Smooches Chit Chat stamp set for the sentiment. I added some dots with Sharpies to the “thanks” for a bit more color.
I used some scraps to create a frame for the sentiments. I just took my four stamp colors and inked up the parts of the stamps I wanted each color to be. It is not a big deal if the colors aren’t perfect because they make a pretty ombre/ sunset effect.
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I love my Love you S’more Lawn Fawn Set and wanted to use it again, so while I was brushing my teeth I came up with the idea of putting the bears, some trees, and sequins in a shaker card and use a play on words for “Beary”.
This card is pretty simple and didn’t really require much. I used my washi tape from We R Memory Keepers and Paper Studio Bakers Twine.
I used a computer font, and some white gel pen accents.
I was thinking I could also use the “Beary” theme and create a similar card for “Beary” excited for you or You are “beary” cool, or some other similar greeting.
It was a pretty quick card, but I love that set and wanted to find “S’more” uses for it! Haha! I Know. .. I Know…I just couldn’t resist.
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Hi everybody! Well school has started. The first week is over, and this banner for my classroom is the only crafty thing I have been able to do lately.
I did create a birthday card for my uncle but unfortunately I mailed it off before I remembered to take a picture. My brain is definitely fried.
I used the Lawn Fawn banner set to create this US history banner and I also used the same set to create a name banner for my desk. I created the letters using the Alphalicious fon using my Cricut.
Over the long weekend I am hoping I can create more cards.
I have been checking Instagram to see what everyone else has been creating, and it has been making me itchy to get back to my craft desk.
I am hoping to get a better balance of creative time and work time as the month goes on.
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I found this sweet FREE digital file from Jane’s Doodles. I immediately feel in love with it and was so grateful that Jane was letting us have it for free!
I knew this would be perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!
Here is a close up of this cute file. I used Derwent Inktense and regular watercolour pencils to color this in. I also used some Distress Markers to tweak my coloring technique. It really is just some trial and error. Have some fun and play. I find that is when I usually hit on a winning technique. I then outlined all of the images with my Micron black marker to make the edges crisp.
I then used some Elmer’s glue and spread a thin amount on the sandcastle. I sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter onto the sand castle with the glue and with my fingers mixed it around to make a pasty sandy appearance. I really liked the result. I used darker brown for the opening of the sandcastle to keep the shading. I then used my Micron marker and outlined the edges of the images again since some of the glitter spread over the edges. I used an Xacto blade to scrap some of the glitter that went over the edges as well and the worked really well to clean it up. I find that if I waited until the glue/glitter dried it was easier to outline it and the glue/glitter mixture didn’t goop up my Micron marker.
I then used two coats of glossy accents on the crab. I added some white dots (inspiration from (Nichol Magouirk) on the crab on top of the glossy accents. I punched out a little heart and put glossy accents on that too. I think I may be addicted to glossy accents.
I then used Distress inks to create the background. I just played around until I liked the results. It is a pretty forgiving technique. You can dab up what you don’t like with a towel and make changes pretty easily. I added some more concentrated color with Derwent watercolour pencils/Distress Inks and a paint brush and flicked the color onto the images.
The image is cut out of the banner shape from the Lawn Fawn Die set. I then cut out a piece of chevron paper from a Recollections paper pad I have. I tied a bow with some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine and added some clear sequins. It is all on a pre made kraft notecard from Michael’s. I think this would be a fun card to duplicate and try different coloring combos with it.
QUICK TIP: I did not put any kind of sentiment on this card yet. It would work well for so many different types of cards. Have some generic cards that you can dress up easily with a sentiment if you need to when the moment arrives. I could add a banner above the sand castle to say “Happy Birthday!” I could add a “Thanks” to the other claw of the crab, or I could stamp a sentiment right on the sand. There are so many cards that could work for many different situations, so if you have some cards that are all ready to go besides the sentiment you can add something quickly and be ready to send it out!
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I decided to make another entry for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes! It is fun to just create whatever I want sometimes and I figured I would take advantage of this week’s theme.
I was in the mood for some coloring so I got out my Penny Black Big Wish Set and colored in this cute little girl. I experimented with watercolor pencils (Regular Derwent and Inktense) and some Distress Markers. I found that making sure the image was dry before I added dimension helped keep it from looking muddy. She is such a sweet girl! I added a bit of Wink of Stella to her dress and some glossy accents to the dots on the cake and the flames. I used the sponge applicators that I used on my last card to add some Milled Lavender distress ink to the background of the birthday girl.
I used a pre-made square kraft note card from Paper Studio. I cut out a square pink foil cardstock and embossed with a dot pattern. I also cut out the little girl with Banner die from Lawn Fawn. I accidentally cut off part of the banner so I just cut off a bit more and put it on the card like I mean to do that! Most mistakes can be rescued.
I cut out a flower shape from my Sizzix die and then embossed it with Metallic sparkle WOW embossing powder. I tied a bow with the ribbon and attached the pink foil paper embellishment with some foam dots.
I added the “Oh Happy Day!” sentiment from Stampabilities and embossed it with some American Crafts Copper embossing powder.
I love this card and hope you are inspired to find some flashy cardstock to add to your cards!
I am going to submit this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes as well!
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I just can’t get enough of this adorable Lawn Fawn Love you S’more Stamp set and die set. I created another birthday card in preparation of a bunch of summer birthdays we have in my family.
I started with some Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper. I used faded jeans, chipped sapphire, and peeled paint Distress Inks to create my background. I started with chipped sapphire at the tope, faded jeans for the middle and peeled paint for the bottom. I sprayed it with water numerous times and then placed my watercolor paper into it. I dried it with my heat gun, and layered more color onto my craft sheet with my ink pads and did another layer of color. I had trimmed my watercolor paper down to fit onto my A2 notecard. I trimmed it so that a small border would be around the notecard.
I then stamped my images onto the same watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx black ink, and used my Derwent Watercolour Pencils to color it in. I shaded the animals so the color would be lighter towards the camp fire, since that would be how they would like in real life…assuming animals could roast s’mores over a camp fire. 🙂 The Derwent pencils have a very creamy texture and color. A little pencil goes a long way, so there are portions that I did not even sketch in any color and only used my paintbrush to create a light color. A light hand with the color is definitely a key tip to getting more subtle variations in color.
QUICK TIP: Sally Beauty Supply Stores have great papercrafting supplies. I got my squirt bottle there for super cheap, they have cute decorations for nails that could easily be used for cards, and they have nail files, buffers that can be used to distress items. If you sign up for their saver card you get coupons in the mail. Of course, their selection of nail polish makes your shopping trip a double win!
I used the coordinating dies and cut them out with my Big Shot machine. I then started to attach my images. I cut out some trees in black cardstock and made some hills with black ink and the hill stamp that comes in the set. I wanted a night time scene so the trees are black to represent more of a shadow. I embossed the stars with White sparkle Recollections embossing powder to add some dimension as well. The sentiment is embossed with black American Crafts embossing powder. I used glossy accents on the flames to make them stand out and I really like the effect it made.
I am really happy with the way this turned out. I am still perfecting my coloring and shading techniques….so more practice makes progress!
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I decided to go shaker style on this card! My brother and his wife are expecting their first child (a girl!), in November and I am super excited to be an aunt. So with them in mind, I created this sweet little so happy for you card. You could easily adapt this to a kid birthday card with a different sentiment.
I used the smaller banner die from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners Die set some assorted sequins from Hobby Lobby, baker’s twine from Paper Studio, and the heart and small star stamp from the Lawn Fawn Love you s’more stamp setI had a $1 stamp from Michaels, American Crafts Opaque White Embossing Powder, Recollections purple tinsel and raspberry pearl embossing powders as well. I used an old star punch and the We R Memory Keepers 1/2″ Corner Chomper. The patterned paper came from a clearanced out DCWV mat stack from Target. the notecard was a premade one from Michael’s (Love to stock up with their coupons!). Glitter paper is also from Michael’s.
For the shaker element, I used old acetate from a stamp set that I saved just for this purpose. I cut out two banner shapes with the Lawn fawn set and one from the acetate. I used Tombow Mono Multi glue to adhere the acetate to the top banner. In order to get the window on the top banner, I just used my Xacto and ruler and cut out a frame. I then used thin foam adhesive to line the edges of the banner shape. It is important to get along the whole edge, so your shaker filling stays put.
QUICK TIP: Need an easy cutting surface? I bought a large cutting board and use that for all my Xacto cutting projects.
I used photo squares to attach the shaker element to the card. Since the shaker element stands out quite a bit, I will probably include this in a baby gift package that I will send. That way I don’t have to worry about the postal service tearing up my card.
This card is entered in:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Shake it!
Beyond Grey: Let’s Get Kiddish!
I don’t think I have ever been so excited to get a stamp set than I was to get this ADORABLE Lawn Fawn Love You S’more Stamp set and die cuts. It is way too cute. I was inspired by the watercolor backgrounds I had seen from kwernerdesign.com, jennifermcquireink.com, and the Lawn Fawn Blog. So, I created a kind of northern lights background and tried out my new stamps and dies. LOVE THEM! I used some Hero Arts White embossing powder to make the stars stand out.
I realized two things while making this card: 1. I need to perfect my die cutting ability with small dies. Using Washi tape has helped, but getting them centered just right will take some practice. 2. I need better markers. I used my kids markers and I was not happy with the result. I need to sit down and just keep coloring these. I have great watercolor pencils that I think will give a better effect, since I do not have any Copics at the moment. I am having a hard time pulling the trigger on that expense, even though Simon Says Stamp is having a 20% off sale right now on Copics. That is SO hard to resist.
I can see myself using this set tons! This card I made for my hubby for Father’s Day, but this set is SO versatile.